Te Awa Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Nov-2011
Old-vine Mendoza clone fruit from ‘Zone' 7 and 12, and clone 95 from ‘Zone 30', mostly wild yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 40% new 300 L hogsheads and 500 L puncheons, with lees contact and nearly full MLF. Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. This has a firm, intense and tightly bound bouquet of ripe citrus and mealy fruit, quite densely packed, with aromas of cream and butter with nuts, smoke and oak intermingling. Dry and medium-bodied, the expression is a little shy, but the presence and concentration is clear. Ripe citrus and stonefruit flavours and notes of butter form the core, and are complexed by nutty oak and flinty elements. Balanced acidity and fine, soft textures feature through the palate leading to a dry, chalky finish with very good length. This Chardonnay will unfold and become richer over the next 5-6 years. Serve with firm-flesh seafood, rich poultry and pork dishes. 18.0+/20 Nov 2011 RRP $34.00

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